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  • Bill Frist: Double the funding for Palestinians (Frist 2008 Anyone???)

    05/27/2005 7:56:48 PM PDT · 51 of 55
    risk to GOPGuide

    You can tell that FR isn't on Frist's reading list.

  • Kentucky judge upholds same-sex amendment

    05/26/2005 11:19:18 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    risk to NormsRevenge
    They maintained domestic partnerships and other agreements between straight and gay couples could also be at risk.

    Before this is over, this too will have to be eliminated. They can make private legal agreements just like any other "collection" of people.


    05/26/2005 11:12:49 PM PDT · 103 of 228
    risk to Jeff Head - Dems procedurally blocking an up or down vote on Bolton over secret docs the Bush administration won't release.

    I fear for this country mainly because there are RINOS don't have the courage to admit that there's nothing left to talk about with most Democrats.

  • Kansas Evolution Hearings (available for free download from

    05/25/2005 10:59:49 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    risk to TigerTale; PatrickHenry

    Any choice quotes yet?

  • CHINA: China hires Net squad to sway opinion

    05/25/2005 1:44:28 AM PDT · 22 of 28
    risk to LibertarianInExile

    No offense taken. The yahoos are pretty sure that dislike for Halfbright proves that they're on our side.

  • CHINA: China hires Net squad to sway opinion

    05/25/2005 12:24:50 AM PDT · 15 of 28
    risk to familyop

    Might have a few here.

  • Bush against embryonic stem cell research, warns Congress

    05/24/2005 2:53:07 PM PDT · 50 of 70
    risk to jwalsh07; MHGinTN;; wagglebee; NormsRevenge; kellynla
    I appreciate you all making such a strong stand against federal spending on this analog to human sacrifice. This is one nonrepresentational spending area where federal taxes simply must not be used. On a related note, I couldn't support Arnold Schwarzenegger after he signed the 50 caliber ban and then got behind the multi-billion state dollar stem cell research fiasco in California. It's a relief that President Bush at least makes a stand on this issue even if he won't take a stand on borders. We know where John Kerry would have been on this.
  • Dr. James Dobson Blasts Filibuster 'Betrayal'

    05/23/2005 11:43:09 PM PDT · 149 of 186
    risk to thoughtomator; B4Ranch; Travis McGee; Squantos

    In the McCain-led press conference, did you see Byrd's trite recital of Franklin's quip, "a republic if you can keep it?" All I could do was grit my teeth. Byrd actually believes he's relevant, and millions of Democrats agree. It is interesting that they believe that this compromise "saves" the republic.

  • Atheists say it's time to 'push back' fundamentalism

    05/23/2005 12:56:53 AM PDT · 105 of 123
    risk to NormsRevenge
    Hitler rails at godlessness in Mein Kampf.
  • A Few Prayers for Texas Cowboy!!

    05/16/2005 11:25:01 PM PDT · 2,680 of 6,743
    risk to TexasCowboy; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

    Dang. Well that'll give you a little something to keep your mind off the "treatments." Seriously, this is an important time for showing the younger generations (me included) what patriotism means. We need you back and teaching by example. As someone said, one man with courage is a majority. From what I've heard, yours is that kind of courage. This is no time to walk away from the fight, TC! Luckily, yer hobbled now. Ya have to stand yer ground.

  • New Reform Bill May Give Illegal Immigrants A Break

    05/13/2005 8:34:17 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    risk to Travis McGee

    Thanks! I'm too busy for a flamewar today.

  • Federal judge rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional (Nebraska)

    05/13/2005 1:41:54 AM PDT · 161 of 189
    risk to Grampa Dave; Squantos; B4Ranch; Travis McGee
    Today was an awful day for the republic.

    No words suffice.

  • New Reform Bill May Give Illegal Immigrants A Break

    05/13/2005 1:36:58 AM PDT · 2 of 13
    risk to gubamyster; HiJinx; B4Ranch

    Heard this on NPR yesterday. American Chamber of Commerce loves it. It's "bipartisan" so it must be good. [/sarcasm]

  • New Reform Bill May Give Illegal Immigrants A Break

    05/13/2005 1:35:10 AM PDT · 1 of 13
    This bill is designed to increase legal immigration to current levels, arranging for illegals to get legal residence. It must be stopped because it's really an amnesty and we already have way too much immigration (legal and illegal) as it stands.

    Look at the names attached to the bill: McCain and Kennedy. Isn't that "enough said?"

    Wall Street loves this. They can't seem to do without those bottom rung workers who'll do the jobs we Americans won't do, eh? Baloney!

  • Early warning shots-- the War against Religion...

    05/11/2005 8:32:39 AM PDT · 36 of 155
    risk to tacticalogic


  • 2nd Circuit Upholds New York Handgun Limits (2nd Amendment only covers federal laws - Judge Wesley)

    05/11/2005 8:24:01 AM PDT · 45 of 113
    risk to goldstategop

    The second amendment doesn't guarantee anything. It simply tells the government that it may not interfere with a sacred right. Finally, after reason and persuasion are done, it is our arms alone that guarantee those rights.

  • 2nd Circuit Upholds New York Handgun Limits (2nd Amendment only covers federal laws - Judge Wesley)

    05/11/2005 8:21:06 AM PDT · 44 of 113
    risk to 11Bush
    On December 16, 1773 Samuel Adams, Founding Father of the American Revolution, adjourned a town meeting in Boston by announcing: "There is nothing further this meeting can do to save the country.". --David Yarrow at

    I hope we are well shy of that eventuality. However, it is only through realizing that it could happen, that we can prevent it from happening politically. In thinking on these things, we are reminded even more clearly what the most significant purpose of the second amendment is.

  • Early warning shots-- the War against Religion...

    05/11/2005 8:14:11 AM PDT · 33 of 155
    risk to tacticalogic

    Interesting observations. I think reason can motivate enthusiasm. If you don't like to call it zealotry, I'm OK with that.

  • WND Exclusive: Group targets 'anti-American' monument

    05/11/2005 3:11:58 AM PDT · 2 of 3
    risk to JohnHuang2

    "This land was Mexican once, was Indian always and is, And will be again."

  • 2nd Circuit Upholds New York Handgun Limits (2nd Amendment only covers federal laws - Judge Wesley)

    05/11/2005 1:10:53 AM PDT · 24 of 113
    risk to Robert_Paulson2; SittinYonder; Dan from Michigan; Travis McGee; B4Ranch; Joe Brower
    As SittinYonder says, what the courts say about the right to keep and bear arms is (in the big, historic picture) irrelevant. These rights are inborn. No mere man can fritter them away with a gavel or a pen, niether out of weakness, nor foolhardiness. On a case by case basis, the illegitimate power of these mere courts and other elected officials (again mortal men) can mean loss of life, limb, and property to those under their gavels and pens. Our founding fathers would ask us to pay close attention, wouldn't they?
  • Early warning shots-- the War against Religion...

    05/10/2005 9:55:48 PM PDT · 31 of 155
    risk to tacticalogic
    Zealots of any stripe are dangerous, and best kept at arm's length, too frequently at gunpoint.

    Zealotry is as zealotry does. America's revolution and its defense have always been carried out by zealots. It's not really the zealots who worry me. People who manipulate others are rarely passionate about the issues they fire up in the objects of their influence; it's usually something else they want instead.

  • Schiavo Case Spurs More Christophobia

    05/10/2005 9:35:05 PM PDT · 39 of 39
    risk to Rhiannon

    Aside from the important value we should place on any life, I simply could not trust Mr. Schiavo to be honest regarding his wife, and no matter what she had said to him during a flippant conversation, without a will. I think we should have relied on her parents to make the final decision.

  • 'Slavery' called a growing fear for immigrants

    05/08/2005 12:17:43 PM PDT · 23 of 34
    risk to Travis McGee

    It's ironic: somehow, people see it as "fair" that slaves (illegal immigrants) be granted suffrage. Once the consistency of our fundamental laws is undermined, nothing makes sense anylonger. We are a nation of laws, not men. Right now, men (and women) are encouraging the violation of these laws for economic reasons, political reasons, and a lack of will. They're seriously underestimating the impact of flouting American immigration law.

  • 'Slavery' called a growing fear for immigrants

    05/08/2005 10:52:33 AM PDT · 17 of 34
    risk to rdb3

    lol, i guess i'll take my lumps :)

  • 'Slavery' called a growing fear for immigrants

    05/08/2005 10:51:48 AM PDT · 16 of 34
    risk to Brilliant

    It's more important to think about how we think of them.

  • 'Slavery' called a growing fear for immigrants

    05/08/2005 10:23:46 AM PDT · 11 of 34
    risk to Brilliant; Boston Blackie; HiJinx; mhking; rdb3; Travis McGee; B4Ranch
    If only we could popularize the notion that these people will be turned into slaves... It would solve our immigration problem.

    No it wouldn't. What I fear, and I think I've heard Victor Davis Hanson express similar ideas, is that America never gave up its need for slavery. We've just relabeled it "menial labor."

    If this is true, the implications to our sense of self-respect and our ability to treat our fellow human beings fairly would be severely compromised. I think the illegal immigration crisis is rooted in this problem. It is why Wall Street refuses to help solve it. It is why there is bipartisan denial as wide as the Mississippi.

    I'm not talking about mandating minimum wages or anything like that. I'm talking about what we think about others who work for us, and what that means to our fellow human beings. When people can't raise families on their wages, what does that say about our commitment to a humane economy? If we intentionally relegate certain jobs to the level of "slave labor" (calling it menial), no amount of social Darwinism can justify our economic ethics.

    Illegal immigration would be the only way to satisfy demand for such labor, if this were true. I look around at the people working at illegal wages, and I see slaves.

    I don't believe that a "free market" exists when supplemented by unfair labor prices. If the market were based on fair practices, it would equalize itself out and minimum wages could go away. I'm saying that true capitalism where a community matters can solve this problem. If we don't try to solve it, the Marxists among us will continue to have popular support. In other words, we should solve them in the Republican party. We should end illegal immigration and pay American citizens and legal immigrants what the market then dictates.

  • Practice what you preach: Putin to US

    05/08/2005 10:03:02 AM PDT · 13 of 20
    risk to CarrotAndStick; F14 Pilot; freedom44
    Is is disgustingly shameful when Putin lies through his teeth.

    Bump - although India still needs a lot of reform. Putin just gets the reasons mixed up in his enthusiasm for confusing the political world. India should be praised as the most exciting democratic transformation of a nation in recent history. The reforms I personaly think are required are important but secondary to the issue of Putin's propaganda in this case.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/08/2005 9:52:24 AM PDT · 51 of 61
    risk to The Incredible One; PatrickHenry
    The evolution debate is important but not for the reasons I usually see discussed on FR. People should respect others' views and isolate that issue from others. Again, how we were created has nothing to do with the existence of God, except in the method he may have chosen to do it. People who lost their faith because they began to consider evolution as a viable theory were mistaken, in my opinion.

    Those who insist on a young earth are attempting to conform science to their faith, but I can accept that as long as their methods do not cloud their application of the scientific method in other areas but I would be willing to hear evidence of a young earth at any time.

    Those who say that young earth creationists cannot practice science because they refuse to conform to the beliefs of others are in danger of holding their own views as dogma on pure faith! There are many insightful, intelligent people who believe in a young earth. Their abilities in engineering and science are not necessarily compromised by their faith. It's a gross generalization to say so.

    If evolutionists come to "believe" in their ideas instead of holding them as theories, they've lost the battle for applying the scientific method, and they've crossed over the line of dogma and become like those who believed the sun rotated around the earth because of a bible passage. If they mistreat young earth believers in their classrooms, for example, where is their duty to tolerance and respect for faith?

    This question obligates the faithful to respect the views of others, but in today's secular world, it obligates those who understand biological history through the filter of evolutionary theory to respect the views of the faithful more than ever before.

  • China warns Japan against using Taiwan as political card

    05/08/2005 5:30:17 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    risk to rodguy911; TigerLikesRooster

    China is in full-swing fascism now. They're pretty sure that the Chinese race is the bees' knees. All you have to do is ask one of the more anti-American Chinese from Canada living here in America who's the greatest. Of course they don't mind the American salaries.

  • In Latvia, Bush Lectures Putin on the Joys of Democracy

    05/08/2005 12:20:07 AM PDT · 8 of 18
    risk to OneWorldTory; neverdem; ambrose
    'm sure Bush would be singing another tune if it were happening in America.

    As neverdem and ambrose have indicated, "Él no es."

    I don't know the situation there, but I do understand that Baltic peoples felt that the Soviets were far worse than the Nazis as occupiers.

    I read a book (forgot the name now) when I was a kid about Estonians under both occupation. The Soviets came in the night -- night after night -- with trucks to remove people in neighborhoods that they thought were undesirable.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 9:42:08 PM PDT · 41 of 61
    risk to RightWingAtheist

    I meant to suggest as well that an accelerated "privatization with patriotism as the basic set of rules" program could accompany most of these "infrastructure" pushes. New companies should be encouraged to do their own research and sell their own products to (American and Coalition) customers.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 9:08:58 PM PDT · 39 of 61
    risk to RightWingAtheist
    With big-ticket items like defense research, space exploration, particle accelerators and atomic physics, oceanic exploration/development, and so forth, I think there is a legitimate role for "big" government to play. It can leverage the nation's need for strategic progress on a large scale with funding and focus. The spinoffs should be encouraged to flourish however. Business can thrive on top of "big" (little 'b') government.
  • Justice Scalia: “A Living Constitution Doesn’t Exist” [Speech at Texas A&M]

    05/07/2005 9:03:24 PM PDT · 127 of 132
    risk to CIDKauf

    Yes, right. Thanks for mentioning the "planted thoughts" idea. It fits with a notion Lewis and Tolkien had about Christianity being the ultimate myth, and one God would have suggested to help human beings find the truth. I suppose they were just extending Lock, et. al.

  • Bush says Cold War captivity one of great wrongs

    05/07/2005 8:08:10 PM PDT · 86 of 372
    risk to cornelis
    The Cold War put the west in a difficult situation where we had to make existential choice after existential choice regarding our responsibilities to our fellow human beings. We weren't the cause of these dilemmas, but our response to them carried weight. Looking around the world, I see that our indecisiveness during the Cold War helped set the stage for third world terrorism. Soviet and Maoist tyranny were treated like diseases that had no cures by our State Department and the Democrats. The oppression in the Mideast has had a lot to do with support by both the Soviets and the Anglosphere for tyrants in the name of strategic advantage. Bush has said he's going to bring that to an end. Natan Sharansky has had a powerful impact on his thinking. The question is: can Bush bring along the rest of the free world's leaders? Both Tony Blair and John Howard have been reelected recently. I think this is a sign that appeasement and "dirty dealing" for strategic advantage may well be shelved for a time.
  • Bush says Cold War captivity one of great wrongs

    05/07/2005 7:55:32 PM PDT · 79 of 372
    risk to cornelis

    I couldn't have said it better.

  • Bush says Cold War captivity one of great wrongs

    05/07/2005 7:35:53 PM PDT · 65 of 372
    risk to neverdem
    Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable...

    These are fiery words of earth-shaking courage and conviction.

  • Justice Scalia: “A Living Constitution Doesn’t Exist” [Speech at Texas A&M]

    05/07/2005 7:33:37 PM PDT · 121 of 132
    risk to CIDKauf
    By the way, John Locke articulated the rights of man that our founding fathers agreed were the foundation of sound government.
    He expressed the radical view that government is morally obliged to serve people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property. He explained the principle of checks and balances to limit government power. He favored representative government and a rule of law. He denounced tyranny. He insisted that when government violates individual rights, people may legitimately rebel. --Jim Powell at the Foundation for Economic Education.
  • Justice Scalia: “A Living Constitution Doesn’t Exist” [Speech at Texas A&M]

    05/07/2005 7:30:12 PM PDT · 120 of 132
    risk to CIDKauf
    You mean the fifth amendment.

    To be fair, the constitution simply reserves powers for the federal government; this doesn't mean that states and the federal government have to execute criminals. On the other hand, history and this passage indicate that our founding fathers and their descendants did use capital punishment.

    There seems to be an almost effeminate apprehension toward execution of heinous criminals. I attribute this to the loss of consistent morals that the 20th century and post-modernism have brought us.

    Amendment V

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 5:44:34 PM PDT · 33 of 61
    risk to RightWingAtheist

    Thanks for persisting in correcting my mistaken view of the "table" notion. It looks like... THEY WAFLED!

  • Citizenaurgatory, or Innocent American Citizens Trapped Between Heaven and Hell in the U.S.

    05/07/2005 5:42:56 PM PDT · 2 of 9
    risk to Founding Father

    It could cost us the Republic. We were already on edge when it began.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 5:33:40 PM PDT · 30 of 61
    risk to monkeywrench

    He sure is feisty.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 5:32:05 PM PDT · 29 of 61
    risk to mdmathis6; The Incredible One

    I don't think Christianity and faith have anything to do with India's bid for superiority in physics and America's tepid, bipartisan response. There is a fundamentalist Hindu belief that India has been blessed with the potential for scientific and mathematical superiority. Faith can move mountains when it helps human beings to achieve their true potential. Besides, I see false dichotomies in both the argument that Christians can't be good scientists (or support exceptionally high quality science) and biological theories of species origin having any relation to God's existence or not. The Victorians started losing their faith when they started buying into the theory of evolution. That may say more about the depth of their faith than anything else.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 3:24:46 PM PDT · 27 of 61
    risk to RightWingAtheist
    Sorry, I was evidently still confused about the meaning of "table." But what about vote 269, which passes Rep Slattery's H.AMDT.147?

    Amendment terminates funding for the Superconducting Super Collider Project by deleting $400 million appropriated for the project.

    An amendment to terminate the Superconducting Super Collider Project by eliminating $400 million of the funding for the project, retaining $220 million to pay for costs relating to termination of the project.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 3:10:55 PM PDT · 25 of 61
    risk to RightWingAtheist
    From H.R.2445: 17. S.AMDT.983 to H.R.2445 To reduce funds for General Science and Research Activities and terminate the Superconducting Super Collider program for the purposes of reducing the deficit in the Federal Budget. Sponsor: Sen Bumpers, Dale [AR] (introduced 9/29/1993) Cosponsors (16) Latest Major Action: 9/30/1993 Motion to table SP 983 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 57-42. Record Vote No: 296.
  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 3:02:29 PM PDT · 24 of 61
    risk to Brian Allen
    Who says we must [use the federal government to encourage ground breaking physics research]?

    I'd like to remind you about Nagasaki and Hiroshima. I'd like to remind you about the Norton Bomb sight, and the strategic bomber. I'd also like to point out that game theory, research produced by von Neumann, actually helped us win WWII. In fact, without it, we might have lost. When the Japanese were trying to understand what had happened to them at the end of WWII, one of the generals complained that they had relied too much on spirit and not enough on science and engineering.

    I don't mind that you disagree with me, but I'm just pointing out that there are dangers in trying to do without massive infrastructure spending on development in space and physical sciences research. That spending put us ahead for WWII, and it put us ahead during the Cold War. We'll need to stay ahead of the Chinese and Europeans if we want to maintain strategic superiority.

    If you've got other ideas about how to encourage (or simply allow) private industry to enter into these fields and stay ahead of the EU and China, then let's hear it.

    Americans -- of every etnicity -- already vanguard the world's scientists, chemists, pharmacists, physicists, engineers, creators, innovators, producers and industrialists -- have for two hundred years -- and have no real challengers in sight.

    I don't know what "etnicity" has to do with it, but I think it's dangerous to assume that a lead we had in the 1950s translates into a permanent lead. That lead was obtained through a massive investment of federal research and development spending that launched private industry and government labs to very high levels of achievement.

    We won the cold war partly with capitalism-fueld federal spending on space and weapons research.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 2:45:59 PM PDT · 20 of 61
    risk to vishnu6
    What do you expect from a party which doesn't believe in evolution and thinks the second coming will be tomorrow?

    That's unfair. Evolution isn't something that one needs to "believe." (Nothing in science should require belief in anything.) It's a very minor issue, in fact, as to whether or not evolution applies to our development. One can study much about biology and never even worry about that question. Physics, chemistry, and astronomy -- the issues related to this thread -- do not require faith in evolution or faith in God to study.

    The Republican disinterest in this project has nothing to do with religion. It has more to do with budget strategies and pork. It has a lot to do with junk spending the Democrats are sapping our government with. And it has a lot to do with how the State Department spends our tax dollars overseas. There just isn't enough left over for real challenging projects like these that could propel America forward into the lead again in physics.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 2:40:07 PM PDT · 18 of 61
    risk to RightWingAtheist
    The people in the Physics Forum list have it backwards.

    They understood that just fine. Yea meant kill the collider. That's what's bothering them. I see a lot of Republicans voting Yea.

  • Christianity taking over the planet?

    05/07/2005 2:37:59 PM PDT · 233 of 378
    risk to Quix
    Perhaps it's too difficult for us to speak the same language.

    Not at all. We can communicate just fine.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 1:54:17 PM PDT · 14 of 61
    risk to Brian Allen

    I don't see anything in your comments that could help us compete with India and Europe on ground breaking physics research.

  • India on path-breaking nuclear research

    05/07/2005 1:51:43 PM PDT · 13 of 61
    risk to The Incredible One

    I'm not convinced that the issue with evolution is as critical as the things we can do directly with science like space exploration, enticing students into engineering, and research like this. I realize the "scientific method" is an important concern for you, but biology and genetics research "in the present" is just as interesting as the study of origins, if not more. I'm just trying to point out that not so much is lost just because some fundamentalist Christians want to undermine an objective scientific approach to the origin of the species.